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evolution to a fully grown democracy, democratic system. >> powerful an esester he will be. thank you for your time. the first family will head to south africa next week. and president obama is far from the only dig teary remembering one of the most important icons of our time. >> at one point after he was released from jail the last time, echs asked, aren't you mad? are you going to do something about this, the people who did this to you over these year, don't you want to get even? he simply said, if i would feel that way, i would still be in jail. in other words, the past is the past. i think it's an example to all of what reaching out to others really means. every day we're working to be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here. through all of our energy operations, we invest more in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. ♪ you k
. and thank you to president obama of course for being our guest on the "hardball" college tour. and also to the american university for hosting us. good night. >>> ice storm. a massive cold sweeps through a large part of the country. and it's not over. most parts will get hit with more. a live report next. >>> back to work. making sense of the new jobs numbers. has the economy turned the corner when it comes to the economy. >>> we'll hear from president bill clinton. >>> motor city master pieces. the latest on possibly selling artwork opened by detroit. could it pull the city it of bankruptcy, and should it? >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex wit witt". president obama surging congress to extend benefits for 1.3 million workers. they are set to expire just three days after christmas. >> if congress refuses to act it won't just hurt families already struggling. it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for
about president obama. >> all right, professor, and david gergen, thank you, gentlemen, so much for being with us here today. >> thank you. >>> well, where throngs of people have gathered outside the home of nelson mandela all day today. we'll be going to johannesburg, dignitaries are headed to south africa to remember the leader. president obama will have additional vips with him on air force one. 1ñp i don't just make things for a living i take pride in them. so when my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis was also on display, i'd had it. i finally had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, he prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer have happened. blood, liver and
going to plummet further. charlie, gayle, norah? >> don, thank you. president obama is calling for a hike in the national minimum wage. on wednesday the president said that growing income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. this morning fast food workers across the country are holding strikes to demand higher wages. terrell brown is outside a mcdonald's in new york city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are about 200 protesters here in new york city. they have since dispersed and moved on to other locations. there are other rallies in 200 cities across the country including denver las vegas and san diego as workers push for higher wages, $15 an hour more than twice the national minimum wage. nancy delgado makes $8 coin 25 for the work she does at a chicago area mcdonald's. the 27-year-old mother of two has been employed at the fast food chain's franchises for the last ten years and earns the minimum wage in illinois. >> i don't have health insurance. i don't own a car, i don't own cable. i have a cell phone because i need it. i
to keep talking about that. john challenger, zachary karabell, thanks to both of you. >>> president obama and the first family flipped the switch last night on the 91st annual white house christmas tree. but the tree topper wasn't the only star of the night. aretha franklin, there she is right there, the queen of soul yourself. also mariah carey among the musical guests who helped inject holiday spirit into the crowd. you're watching msnbc. [ female announcer ] ladies and gentlemen i'm here to say a few words about the power of baking stuff with nestle toll house morsels. you can heal a broken heart with a bundt cake. make a monday mornin' feel like a friday afternoon with some nestle toll house morsels. let's close our laptops and open our ovens. these things don't bake themselves. we have to bake them for one another. we can bake the world a better place one toll house cookie at a time. nestle. good food, good life. nestle. on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans real
>>> hello disrupters, thanks for tuning in. i'm karen finney and like president obama we are talking about equality, taking on did gop's fake war on christmas and remembering the man who fought for peace, equality and reconciliation around the world. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> what do we want in this country is a nonracial democracy. we do not think in terms of color at all. >> the biggest issue that i see out in the horizon is how do we make sure an economy works for everybody? >> the greatest single challenge facing our globalized world is to combat the eradicate its disparities. >> how do we do those things that e deuce the equality in our society and broaden equality? >> he was a communist, this man. he was a communist. >> i would make the argument that we have a great injustice right now in the country with an ever-increasing size of government that's taking over and controlling people's lives and obama care is front and center of that. >> yes! he just compared fighting the health care law to fighting aparthe apartheid. >>> a freedom fi
. >> thank you. >>> later this hour, survivors emotional stories. we will hear from a doctor treating some of the injured who suffered life-changing injuries. >>> also, did the white house meet its deadline to fix the obama care website? dr. sanjay gupta is here to explain how health insurance alone could make people actually even less healthy if they're not taking care of themselves. >>> an american veteran of the korean war apologizing from inside north korea, where he's now being detained. was his confession of crimes coerced? stay with us. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. life could be h
's the 21st century of the labor movement. >> come back again. we'll continue to follow this. >> thank you so much. >>> this fight over the minimum wage is part of the president's larger push on income inequality. in his speech yesterday president obama called for broad change, not just a living wage, but stronger labor laws, more funding for education and a social safety net. >> but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own? that should offend all of us. the combined trends of increase and equality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. >> susan page is the washington bureau chief for usa today. clarence page, no relation, pulitzer prize-winning columnist and it's the first time we've had the pages squared on my show. >> it's great to have both of you. the president ticked off the statistics to how a growing number of americans face the reality of lower, real wages and higher cos
and for your cooperation in this effort. thank you to all of our distinguished colleagues in the obama administration. you, the president named, we are grateful to you. i think -- i think the president for convening this remarkable group of leaders and activists on this challenging, monumental issue. the president's commitment and his follow through and his fundamental belief in the possibility of an aids free generation -- and the hard work of so many of you, have all combined to put that extraordinary goal with in our grasp. amazing as that may seem. i want to thank my colleagues, secretary kathleen sebelius for her tremendous leadership. hours distinguished leader of a id who is on the lines to make sure that this gets implemented. , who are sof you critical to bring us to where we are. i would like to remark that hiv -- it has seths the gold standard for the world. i am very proud of it. deborah and julia from the state department are here. they are leading our efforts to implement the blueprint and writing a brand-new chapter in the president's fight against aids. i also want to s
populations and low income americans. >> orlando watson, rnc communications director for black media, thanks for your time, i appreciate it. >> thanks, thomas. >> good luck with the new job. just to pointing out the programming note, president obama will speak any moment from now on the economy and health care right there. the live podium, the president running a few minutes late. we'll bring that to you right after this. [ female announcer ] it's a grand gesture that isn't the least bit over the top. it's thoughtful, considerate, well-planned. ♪ it's one of a kind. it's completely unexpected. ♪ it's the best gift ever. nothing says "happy holidays" like the photos you love. create your personalized photo gifts on shutterfly.com and save up to 50%. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow. from the famili
, thanks so much. programming note i want to pass along. if you missed the sit-down interview with president obama, it's going to re-air today on msnbc. >>> the snow, the ice, the below zero temperatures. coming up, dylan dreyer is going to join me from arkansas just one of the states getting this blast of december winter. wait until you see it. >>> and these new job numbers show unemployment at a five-year low. what impact could this have on congress with the budget deadline creeping up? we'll explore it. [ female announcer ] ladies and gentlemen i'm here to say a few words about the power of baking stuff with nestle toll house morsels. you can heal a broken heart with a bundt cake. make a monday mornin' feel like a friday afternoon with some nestle toll house morsels. let's close our laptops and open our ovens. these things don't bake themselves. we have to bake them for one another. we can bake the world a better place one toll house cookie at a time. nestle. good food, good life. bigger, tougher messes was better leverage, he created a magic eraser with an attachable handy
if at all possible during this ice storm. okay, thanks very much. >> we are getting more details on the problems with the health care website. the obama administration says roughly a quarter of the people who signed up in october and november may have errors on their form. this month, it could be 1 in 10. the electric forms are sent to insurers but if they don't have the right information cannot complete the enrollment. elizabeth prann has more. >> reporter: the administration admits there are additional errors. the glitch pertaining to electric files sent from healthcare.gov to insurance companies. they're called 834 forms. companies use them to bill consumers. about 1 in 10 of those forms are showing errors such as misspellings. in turn, the companies can't complete the transaction if any of these flaggings are raised. the white house says it's still a work in progress for the contractors. >> they're making sure that everyone who enrolled is -- is enrolled, in fact, and addressing the challenges that were particularly keen in the beginning of this process, on the back end, the
into the system before obama takes over are things cheney still doesn't agree with. when obama makes further modifications it's something cheney will talk about loudly. >> thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> after the break the pictures you send on this app quickly disappear but the company's value keeps growing. value keeps growing. is snap check really worth [ female announcer ] ladies and gentlemen i'm here to say a few words about the power of baking stuff with nestle toll house morsels. you can heal a broken heart with a bundt cake. make a monday mornin' feel like a friday afternoon with some nestle toll house morsels. let's close our laptops and open our ovens. these things don't bake themselves. we have to bake them for one another. we can bake the world a better place one toll house cookie at a time. nestle. good food, good life. snap chat sounded like a fad. teenagers that would send not safe pictures that would disappear after 10 seconds. >> it's become such a force that the company recently turned down $3 billion an offer from facebook. who turns down $3 b
. thank you, everybody. god bless you. god bless america. >> that was president obama, who just finished a landmark speech on inequality, economic fairness, and opportunity, speaking in one of the poorest areas of the nation's capital. the president's remarks come at a time when 11.5 million americans cannot find a job and workers' wages have never been lower. at the same time, corporate profits are soaring and the stock market is regularly hitting all-time highs. these disparities have become too stark to ignore, and in his speech, the president issued something of a warning call for the american dream. >> the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed. the idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on earth is heartbreaking enough. but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. and it should compel us to action. >> president obama did not introduce any new policies, but he did reiterate his stro
. >> thanks, wish you the best of luck to that. the question today, do you think problems with the obama care website are now over? and obama care in general because of the internet being fixed for them. tom saying the website is indeed working better, although the problems with aca will not be completely fixed until the right stops sack to thissing it. >> renee says, i have $1200 more for maternity care i will ever use at 51. >> yes, i can't wait until everyone who says it will not work are proven wrong. the conversation continues on twitter and facebook. that wraps it up for me. alex wagner coming your way next. hi, alex. >> hey, thomas, the white house unveils the revamped aca. will it get a clean bill of health? former white house secretary robert gibbs weighs in on rollout 2.0. plus hospitals across the country are shuttered or on the brink of disclosure because of the medicaid, we will walk you through the states of disgrace. we'll speak with the director of "everybody's street" all that when "now" starts right after the break. ah speak to customer service, check on a claim...you know,
technology, thank you. joining me is dr. kavita batel, she worked on the affordable care act. senior adviser to valerie jarrett in the obama administration, a fellow at the brookings institution. how are you feeling today? >> oh, a lot better than about a month ago, chris. >> well, you hit it well when i talked to you. you brought optimism and cheer to me when i was letting some of the panic get to me. what do you think this means? how big a deal is today? >> so, it's a big deal for all the reasons you've outlined, but going back to even why i was optimistic a month ago, as you covered it, in california and in other states, like kentucky, even despite this horrific website kind of rollout, it was working in places. so, i think that today is important. i don't think we should kind of say, all right, you know, hands up, we're done. >> nope. >> i think we still have -- let's be honest, we've got to make sure that we can get to december 23rd, which is, like, the last day possible to get people started on coverage on january 1st. and that's why people on the ground in the united states that are a
to the president. david, thanks so much for joining us. i appreciate it. i want to start by asking you about some obama administration e-mails cnn obtained from before the healthcare.gov launch. it suggests the e-mails that they're individuals in the government and with one of the contractors concerned about some fundamental promises the administration made particularly about securing people's private health information. in one e-mail, dated on september 10th, george laneris from cms, centers for medicare and medicaid services indicates the site is storing personal details and writes, quote, this process in itself contradicts all of prior cms statements. this was written before the launch. can you assure us that whatever concerns there were about the personal identifiable information, the pii, that we were told would not be on the hub of healthcare.gov, that all that was worked out and none of this personal information can be assessed through the computer, through computers, through the internet? >> that's exactly right, jake. there's no pii on the federal data hub. the federal data hub is basica
rock. back to you, alex. >> thanks so much. let's go to politics and new today, president obama is urging congress to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million workers. their benefits are set to expire just three days after christmas. >> if congress refuses to act, it won't just hurt families already struggling, it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and ultimately more jobs. >> the republicans meantime remain focused on obama care. north carolina congress woman renee elmhurst delivered the gop's response earlier today. >> families who work hard and by play the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief. that's why the house has passed legislation to delay the individual mandate for all americans and let you keep the plan you like. these proposals are among the dozens of house passed jobs bills awaiting action in the democratic-run senate. >> meanwhile, good news on the latest jobs rep
on the fact that -- >> on obama care? >> a young adult can stay on their parents ayin shurns until they're 26. >> insurance companies -- >> i've had moms come up to me in the supermarket and say debbie, thank you for supporting the affordable care act because now i can put my two young adult daughters back on my insurance. >> the insurance companies have already said they're going to provide it. but you didn't answer the question, who's going to run on obama care. >> if left up to you and your party we would shut the government down all in the name of denying people health care. you have no proposal to replace it. >> first of all that's not true. >> oh, yes it is. >> the question that's on the table right now is which person that's running as a democrat in these -- >> all of our candidates, all of our candidates are able to run on the provisions of obama care. >> but you won't say it. >> i just said it. >> so they're going to run on obama care. >> they can use obama care as an advantage. >> excellent. >> when a woman comes up to me who's dealing with breast cancer and she's told me under the
less success here in china. charlie, norah? >> thanks seth. >>> this morning american contractor alan gross is asking president obama to help win his release from cuba. he was distributing communications equipment under a u.s. government contract when he was arrested four years ago today. rhodes is serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against cuba. in a letter to the president, he write, "i still want to believe my government values my life and my service. i refuse to accept that my country would believe me behind." >>> a new report out this morning finds american high school students are falling further behind their peers in other countries. the u.s. is now ranked 31st in math 24th in science, and 21st in reading. the assessment is based on a worldwide test taken last year by 6,000 american 15-year-olds. the test results show no improvement by u.s. students over the past decade. >>> time to show you some of this morning's headlines. "the wall street journal" says the number of banks in the united states are at their lowest level since the great depression. fe
. this is a third punch. this one is an uppercut. >> this is insult to injury right now. al, thank you very much. i want to turn now to south africa. a week of events celebrating the life of nelson mandela getting underway now. president obama and the first lady are heading there this morning to attend a memorial service tomorrow. they'll be joined by jimmy carter, bill clinton, and george w. bush. nbc's lester holt is in soweto with more on this. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. what an emotional few days it's been. we're outside the mandela house. it's the house he came home to after his release from prison in 1990. a lot of folks will be lining up tonight for the privilege to be at the stadium and at the memorial service but like the 50 or 60 some odd world leaders coming, none of them were invited. this is going to be an event on a scale rarely seen in any country and it shows how beloved and respected nelson mandela was across this planet. this morning they are hard at work preparing johannesburg's 90,000 seat fnb stadium for tomorrow's public memorial. a potential
i'd do is eat them. love those rolls. yeah. anyway, chris, thanks so much. the agenda next hour, healthcare.gov, the little internet engine that could. with the wind at its back president obama goes into campaign mode to get america shopping for insurance. and he's sitting down with chris matthews on thursday. can he turn the political tables on his signature legislation? >>> now, it was once the nation's fifth largest city. detroit, and its city manager, want a federal judge to declare is eligible for bankruptcy protection, but allowing the city to declare chapter 9 has huge ripple effects for pensions, city services, health care. we've got the latest on what it means for detroit residents. >>> meanwhile the people of wisconsin are being asked to spend their holiday cash in a unique way this year, donate it to the governor. how voters are responding. vo: it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventi
things to many people, including president obama, who offered this tribute shortly after mandela's death. >> for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. >> no one can deny the indelible contributions and sacrifices that nelson mandela made and for the people of south africa and ultimately the world. but often when a great leader passes on, what we think we know about that person and the truth become two different things. after death, the legacies of great leaders are often usurped and punched of any imperfection. this is exactly what happened with dr. martin luther king jr. his contributions are often confined to racial equality battles when his message was, in fact, much larger than that. remember, it wasn't just the march on washington. it was the march on washington for jobs and freedom. king's own economic message of a radical redistribution of wealth was not well received, and at the end of his life, he was not a national hero. he was reviled. and in his fami
. charlie, norah, and gayle? >> jen, thank you. south africa is preparing for tomorrow's memorial service for former president nelson mandela. president obama and his wife michelle, will attend. they are aboard air force one at this hour. and in south africa mandela's family is putting aside its differences this morning. debora patta is in johannesburg. >> good morning. i just spoke to south africa's minister of public works and administration. she was inside the house with the mandelas and described the image in there as calm. the family is very calm. inside is nelson mandela's widow and his former wife winnie. the family has been embroiled in squabbling and fighting over the past six mos but she said you would never think so if you walked in there today. they are the picture of unity, coming together, focused only on nelson mandela. now, as i was talking to them they left to go to one military hospital in pretoria. the minister told me that the body of nelson mandela has now been prepared by undertakers and he is draped in the clothes that eventually he will be buried in.
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to the polls an gets people upset with the way things are going. >> gentlemen, thanks so much, jim eem williams, hogan gidley, great to see you. that leads us to our big question for all of you today. will the white house pr push to sell obama care defeat any gop efforts to try to sabotage the aca law? weigh in on facebook and twitter. >>> just a reminder for everybody, chris matthews will exclusively interview president obama this week as part of his "hardball" college tour coming from american university. that interview will air this thursday at 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. you do not want to miss it. >>> immigration activists keep up their washington fast, but will their efforts translate into real reform on capitol hill? we'll take a look at that. >>> also ahead, have you heard detroit bracing for a bankruptcy ruling today. right now the judge is reading his decision in a courtroom on whether the city can go ahead with a chapter 9 feeling. what sdmeejt for the people and the ripple effects it could have across the country. like right here i can just... you know, check my policy he
humira, today. clearer skin is possible. >>> good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. in washington, and specifically at the white house, there might be more than a few sighs of relief this morning as the obama administration says its troubled healthcare.gov website is now up and running for the majority of the users. including in the so-called fix, a 24-hour rapid response team and e-mail alerts for users suggesting other times to log in if the site gets tested. and let's bring in our panel right now. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> hey, carol. >> let's start with you. republicans and even some democrats are not so impressed with the fix, neither are the insurance companies. is there anything that the administration can do to convince people that healthcare.gov works? >> yeah. get it working. not just the front-end problems that they experience but the back-end problems. it's supposed to deliver health insurance on the back end. that enmoos submit applications to insurance companies, submit payments ultimately to insurance companies. but in the end, the w
: lessons on life, love and courage." rick, thanks very much for joining us. talk about this relationship between president mandela and president obama. >> you know, wolf, i thought the president was very eloquent yesterday, talking about what president mandela meant to him. in many ways i think mandela was partly responsible for barack obama's own political awakening. one of the great legacies of mandela particularly in america is that it was an awakening for so many people that people were looking at south africa, this land that with terrible prejudice, terrible authoritarian government and we were looking at it as almost a proxy for what had happened in america during the civil rights movement and i think it awakened and it was a revelation for many, many americans. >> i'm sure president obama and i'm sure you'll agree was deeply disappointed when he was in south africa earlier this year, with his family, he was not able to go and meet president mandela, because he was so gravely ill. i'm sure he would have loved to have done that, but he obviously couldn't. he'll head to south africa
that president obama will make this his personal responsibility to get on his case and get alan free. >> we hope he is free. we hope he is back here with you very, very soon. judy gross, thanks very much for coming in. >> thank you. >> good luck. >>> up next, the breaking news we've been following. what investigators have learned about that deadly new york train derailment and what the engineer has revealed about his state of mind. a briefing has just concluded. our own nic robertson is standing by with the latest. >>> and will she or won't she? cnn asks bill clinton whether his wife will run for president again in 2016. ready to run your lines? okay, who helps you focus on your recovery? yo, yo, yo. aflac. wow. [ under his breath ] that was horrible. pays you cash when you're sick or hurt? [ japanese accent ] aflac. love it. [ under his breath ] hate it. helps you focus on getting back to normal? [ as a southern belle ] aflac. [ as a cowboy ] aflac. [ sassily ] aflac. uh huh. [ under his breath ] i am so fired. you're on in 5, duck. [ male announcer ] when you're sick or hurt, aflac pays you ca
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